2019 General Election Results

Author:
Doug Cowan, Digital Officer

Posted on the 19th March 2020

In an election campaign characterised by uncertainty and volatility, it came as a surprise to many that the result would deliver such a decisive majority for one party. The Conservative Party made a net gain of 48 seats – an increase of 7.4 percentage points in their seat share compared to the 2017 general election and the largest majority for the Conservatives since 1987.

Party Seats Seats % Votes % Votes Votes per Seat

Conservative

365 56.2 43.6 13,966,447 38,264

Labour

202 31.1 32.1 10,268,776 50,835

Scottish National Party

48 7.4 3.9 1,242,372 25,882

Liberal Democrat

11 1.7 11.5 3,696,423 336,038

Democratic Unionist Party

8 1.2 0.8 244,128 30,516

Sinn Féin

7 1.1 0.6 181,853 25,979

Plaid Cymru

4 0.6 0.5 153,265 38,316

Social Democratic and Labour Party

2 0.3 0.4 118,737 59,368

Green Party

1 0.2 2.7 865,697 865,697

Alliance

1 0.2 0.4 134,115 134,115

Brexit Party

0 0 2 644,255 n/a

UK Independence Party

0 0 0.1 22,817 n/a

The Yorkshire Party

0 0 0.1 29,201 n/a

Liberal

0 0 < 0.1 10,876 n/a

Ulster Unionist Party

0 0 0.3 93,123 n/a

The Independent Group for Change

0 0 < 0.1 10,006 n/a

Others

1 0.2 1 331,659 331,659

Due to the oddities of First Past the Post (FPTP) – or one-party-takes-all results – the Conservative Party was rewarded with a majority of seats (56.2%) on a plurality of the vote (43.6%) – with a 1.3 percentage point increase on its 2017 vote share giving the party a 7.4 percentage point increase in seats. The Scottish National Party (SNP), who support a move to a proportional system at Westminster, also benefited from FPTP, gaining 7.4 percent of seats in Westminster on only 3.9 percent of the vote.

While the Labour Party’s results were much more proportional, the Liberal Democrats were again disadvantaged by FPTP – the party saw an increase of 4.2 percentage points in its overall share of the vote compared with 2017, but actually suffered a net loss of seats at this election.

Once again, smaller parties were penalised by Westminster’s broken electoral system, with the Green Party only securing one seat, despite winning almost three percent of the vote. Brexit Party voters were denied any representation despite getting two percent of the vote.

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